Gustav Klimt

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Gold Leaf, Oil





About Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter, widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the Art Nouveau movement. He is best known for his gilded, decorative portraits and landscapes, which often feature sinuous lines, gold leaf, and complex patterns. His work was heavily influenced by Japanese art and he is considered a pioneer of modern art in Europe. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession movement, which sought to break away from the traditional academies and promote modern art.

Klimt's most famous works include the portraits "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" and "The Kiss," both of which are highly valued and widely recognized. He died in 1918, but his work continues to inspire artists and art lovers around the world.

Gustav Klimt Art Lesson & Art Activity

The golden, sparkling portraits and landscapes of Austrian Gustav Klimt are introduced in this lesson. Students investigate his use of jewels, mirrors, gold, and silver to create his Golden Style of the early 1900s. His most famous masterpiece is “The Kiss,” known throughout the world. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Metal Embossing, Decoration

Vocabulary Learned

decorate, landscape, pattern, portrait, shape, texture

Student Art Supplies

Foil Sheets, Foam Pads, Embossing Pencils
Gustav Klimt Art Projects

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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